Why Parents Think Home Economics Should Return to High School Curriculums

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We live in a day and age when technology is everything. We depend on it for shopping, cooking, research, news, networking, social interaction, and pretty much most of the things we do from sun up to sundown.

But, here’s the thing…

Even though you can order detergent on the internet, it cannot do your laundry.

You can have spools of thread and needles delivered to your door, but they aren’t going to patch holes on their own.

And the web is full of suggestions for yummy meals, and you can order the components, but no one can cook that meal for you.

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Basically, there are life skills that aren’t being taught or learned when kids are spending too much time focusing on the technology side of life.

Without a mandatory course in school that addresses the mundane business of keeping a person and home afloat through the years, many kids are graduating without understanding things like finances, nutrition, sewing, cleaning, gardening, cooking, and many other skills we’re all going to need when our society inevitably collapses one day.

Parents are educators are imagining a home economics course that runs the gamut from the physical labor skills to those that are needed to understand taxes, pay monthly bills, and to maintain healthy relationships within the family and our communities.

No one is saying that math, science, english, reading, and the arts that kids are learning in schools aren’t important, just that their eventual career is only part of what it takes to be a successful, independent adult. And unless kids are landing six-figure jobs right out of college, no one can afford to outsource every daily task.

We need to make sure that our education system is churning out not only competent academics, but competent human beings who are ready and willing to fill their slot in society.

I mean, for as long as it’s around, obviously.